Fourteen-year-old Anton Berg of Raleigh traveled Sunday from the capital North Carolina to Newark, New Jersey, and then to Sweden.
United flew the youth, regarded as a solitary minor by the US airline, to Newark and said that an employee took him to the B65 port, where he was to come to a Scandinavian airline.
However, he boarded a flight By Eurowings, a German airline, who had a flight at the gate, United said in a statement.
It is unclear why Anton was able to get on the Eurowings plane and whether he had a boarding pass.
When the airline taxied to begin its trip to Germany, Anton was aware of the flight crew that he was going to go to Sweden.
The plane finally returned to the terminal, and Anton was ordered on another flight to Europe.
"When someone says unaccompanied smaller, fighter aircraft, the wrong country, everyone should have stepped up and done something," said Brenda Berg to the Raleigh station. "It was a matter of seconds between a 1
WRAL reported that Anton, who was going to Sweden to visit his grandparents, spoke his father and told him that everyone on his plane spoke German.
"It's a little weird, right?" Anton said: "It is a little strange," agreement with his father, Christer Berg.
An English spokesman said that the safety and well-being of the customers is the priority of the airline.
"We have been in frequent contact with the young family to confirm their safety and to apologize for this issue," said spokesman Frank Benenati. United said in a statement that it has reimbursed the $ 150 single family tax.
Neither Bergs nor Eurowings responded to a request for further comment on Tuesday.